MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Dec. 23, 1946


Notes on U.S. customs, habits, manners & morals, as reported in the U.S. press last week:

¶ In Des Moines, Iowa, the Welcome Wagon Service—which gives newcomers to the city sample products from local merchants and manufacturers—tried but hastily abandoned a subsidiary service: the delivery of six bottles of beer to newcomers, brides and mothers of newborn babies.

¶ In traffic-clogged Boston, the fire department voiced a shrill complaint: its modern motorized equipment couldn't get to fires as fast as horse-drawn pump carts did a half-century ago.

¶ In the South,...

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